Monday, May 8, 2017

Do You Find Yourself “Enraged against the Almighty?”


When tuning into today’s news we are affected by worldwide adversities.

Do you feel like Abraham who once uttered these words regarding the Almighty: “Will the Judge of all the earth not do what is right?”” Genesis 18:25.

Actually, with that question, Abraham expressed confidence that Jehovah would render perfect justice in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham was convinced that Jehovah would never act unjustly by “putting the righteous man to death with the wicked one.” Such an act was “unthinkable” to Abraham.

Some 400 years later, Jehovah said of himself: “The Rock, perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust; righteous and upright is he.”—Deut. 31:19; 32:4.

Yet, because of our imperfect view of matters or because we do not have all the facts our understanding of matters is oft times inaccurate or mistaken. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Prov. 14:12

So how can we develop the confidence of Abraham regarding the Creator?

Does not confidence come with knowledge?

Therefore, we must learn about our Creator and his wonderful qualities, thus gain the ability to prayerfully rely upon Him, become loyal to him, and thus prevent ourselves from ever becoming “enraged against Jehovah” for, “it is a man’s own foolishness that distorts his way“. Prov. 19:3.

However, “this means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” John 17:3.

Until “the conclusion of the system of things?”, we can not really expect to avoid all types of injustices. Matthew 24:3. . . But, rather than becoming bitter, should we not avoid negative speech, knowing that such speech only makes a bad situation worse?

And, rather than taking matters into our own hands resulting in more tragedies, wouldn’t it better if everyone were determined to be loyal and wait patiently on the Originator of our universe to correct matters?

Should we not work productively by living in harmony with his learned purpose and try applying basic principles “that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope”? Romans 15:4.

Honestly, we know that dependence upon our Creator is not everyone’s desire. But it was foretold about our day: “Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.” 1 John 2:17.

Remains where?

“The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” Psalm 37:29. 

Yes!

“For evil men will be done away with, but those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; you will look at where they were, and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” Psalm 37:9-11.

So don’t become bitter! Become hopeful.

Then you experience the fulfillment of this prophecy:


“I, Jehovah, am your God, The One teaching you to benefit yourself, The One guiding you in the way you should walk. If only you would pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:17, 18.